The movie is set to be directed by Jared Hess, famous for his movie Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. Hess has been doing a lot of TV work since his 2016 movie Masterminds. He most recently directed the episodes of Netflix’s documentary series Murder Among The Mormons.
Warner Bros. has been working on a Minecraft movie for years, and during that time directors Shawn Levy, Rob McElhenney, and Peter Sollett were looking to direct. Steve Carell was also lined up to star in a movie at one point. There is no news on the story that Hess is looking to tell, but there are a lot of additional directions that it could go. It will be fascinating to see how this will look visually as well in live-action.
Mary Parent and Roy Lee will produce, and Jill Messick will receive a posthumous credit for working on the movie prior to her death in 2018. Jon Berg, Cale Boyter, and Jon Spaihts will executive produce. Mojang Studios, the Swedish video game developer behind Minecraft, will produce via Lydia Winters and Vu Bui.